With the EU elections just a month away on 23 May, it is vital that everyone with the right to vote is able to use it. Across Battersea, Putney and Tooting, we are encouraging voters who have not yet done so to register.
You can help, too, by sharing the information on this page with any EU citizens you know or with other would-be voters, such as young people who have just reached voting age and may not have registered yet.
The deadline to register to vote in the European Parliament elections is Tuesday 7 May. For UK citizens, there is a simple online registration process. For EU citizens there is one extra step required for the European elections: in addition to registering to vote as normal, you need to complete a form to say that you are not voting elsewhere in Europe.
The Liberal Democrats have contacted Wandsworth Electoral Services at Wandsworth Council to find out what is being done to support EU citizens in the borough to register for the European Elections.
A senior manager explained that letters have been sent to EU citizens in Wandsworth which outlines the steps needed to register. This letter will be followed up via email. EU citizens will be able to email their completed form to the Council as well as post them to City Hall.
Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for the rights of EU citizens throughout the current Brexit chaos and beyond. For these upcoming European elections, it is vital that EU citizens – our friends, family, neighbours and colleagues – are able to have their say.
We stand alongside EU citizen groups like the 3 million who have expressed their disappointment that the Government and Electoral Commission have failed to simplify the registration process as promised previously. We are concerned that EU citizens may be disenfranchised as a result, which is why we are doing what we can to get the word out to EU citizens.
We also welcome others' efforts to encourage voter registration, including the focus on young people through the Vote For Your Future campaign.
Call to extend the right to vote in other elections
Thinking beyond the European elections, Lib Dem leader Vince Cable, has called for EU citizens to have a say in how the UK is run, demanding that they are no longer denied the right to vote in General Elections and referendums.
Vince Cable: “The 2016 referendum and subsequent General Election have left EU citizens living in the UK in an unforgivable state. They have been left under a cloud of uncertainty: unsure as to their future in the UK. These are people whose homes are here, they have friends and family here, they are a pivotal part of our society.
“Yet in these crucial votes, they were barred from participating. In votes that impacted their lives perhaps more than anyone else’s, they were denied a voice and instead had to watch as others voted to take away their basic rights. The situation is unjustifiable.
“At the heart of British politics lies democracy, equality and fair play. That is why I believe that whatever happens next with British politics it is time to right the wrongs of our electoral system: EU citizens must have a say.”
For many years, the Lib Dems have also called for the voting age to be lowered to 16.